FBI Memorandum on Operation SOLO, June 19, 1958
from F.J. Baumgardner to W.C. Thornton
This 21 page memorandum summarizes the genesis of the FBI's Operation SOLO, in which its secret operative, Morris Childs, was installed as confidential courier transmitting information from the Communist Party of the United States to Moscow and funds from Moscow to the financially strapped American party.
Childs' mission, this document details, was to be a secret operation directed by Eugene Dennis, favorite of the Soviet Communist Party. Childs was to represent the Secretariat of the Party in Moscow, consisting of Gene Dennis, Robert Thompson, Jack Stachel, James Jackson, and Hyman Lumer -- with Lumer alone of the group not apprised of the operation. Nominal party leader William Z. Foster was not to be informed of the operation. Extreme secrecy was to be maintained so that opposition leader Johnny Gates would not discover that the Dennis leadership was legally imperiling the party and possibly coming under Soviet control through the establishment of new direct contacts with Moscow.
The document is also interesting for its revelation of the Communist Party of the Soviet Union's international affairs hierarchy: Mikhail Suslov in the first position, with Otto Kuusinen and Boris Ponomarev the other key figures in the leadership. Khrushchev's role is depicted here as tangential with respect to inter-party relations.
This document was published in August 2011 by the Federal Bureau of Investigation as part of a 3200 page dump of Operation SOLO documents. The document was published in Part 1 of 22 as pages 85-106 of that unnumbered pdf file.
*** TERMINOLOGY ***
SA -- Special Agent (FBI employee)
SAC -- Special Agent in Charge (station chief)
ASAC -- Acting Special Agent in Charge
CG 5824S -- Morris Childs
NY 694-S -- Jack Childs
Uploaded to Archive.org by Tim Davenport, August 3, 2011.
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